Bobby Keetch, A Real Style Icon.

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 We were down “The Cottage” this one day
Them blue boys were away
So we went to check our neighbours out
To see their style of play

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 T’was a lovely day as I recall
Stood there by the Thames
You know it just below Putney Bridge
Just where the river bends

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The crowd were decked in teeshirts
As the riverboats went by
A pair of swans were arguing
As three o clock arrived

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Out came: Tony Macedo, Jim Langley Bobby Keetch
“Blimmin hell what’s them great big brown things”
Some fan said
“That Keetch has on his feet”?

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 No Addidas or Puma
So slim line and so chic
But a great big pair of ankle high protectors
Took great care of Keetch’s feet

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Were they made by Gola
A ground breaking new design?
He looked like he’d fall over
As he crossed the half way line

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 He stood in these fantastic things
That our like had never seen
Brown and bulbous and so big
Out on that field of green

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 He kicked the ball with power
He kicked opponents too
He’d have even kicked that Jimmy Hill
If he thought he was a blue

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Just what were those brown things
That Keetch in looked so cute?
In all my days as a football fan I swear
I’ve never seen another bloke playing in…. antique rugby boots!



Yes folks this a true story! New style lightweight bright and colourful boots had become the thing to die for as fashion conscious kids went out to play on the hallowed turf, they just had to have all the gear when playing for the school team or youth club and going to watch your idols made it even harder to hold on to your hard earned pocket money!

You wanted what they played in no matter what the cost!

Until that day at Craven Cottage, Bobby (The Blonde Bombshell) Keetch a man, who as one pundit put it “took no prisoners” came running out of the tunnel in these things that seemed to reach his kneecaps!

Any idea that by wearing fashionable football footwear you were in vogue disappeared quickly as this bloke was just so cool cos he chose to be different from all the others!

I remember the London Evening Standard in it’s wisdom even doing an article on these antique rugby boots that Keetch wore, they were held together by all sorts and he never ever wore anything else through out a long illustrious playing career at The Cottage!

An unsung pair of London idols, Bobby Keetch and his antique rugby boots!



Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/bobby-keetch-a-real-style-icon/